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Specialization is Overrated – Be a Generalist, Ladies

Are you a specialist? Or a generalist? And which is “better”? In the past, developing a specialization all but guaranteed you a job. But in today’s job market, it’s safe to say a specialization may make ...

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I’m Coming Alive!

A dear friend of mine has a quote framed on her desk, and frequently reminds me of its importance. It is her mantra, her creed, and I hope she won’t mind that I’ve adopted it today for the purpose of this post. “D...

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What’s your mission?

Every business in the world, for profit or non profit, has a mission statement. What does that business, beyond all else, aspire to do. For some, it’s a product, for others, a service. Some businesses spend years developi...


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New Pond

Moving to Chicago from Minneapolis, I was aware I was moving from the 48th largest city in the country to the 3rd. But somehow, the change in size didn’t quite resonate until I arrived. Since moving, I’ve asked myse...

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Achieving Success at Job Fairs

‘Tis the season for job fairs. It seems they’re everywhere right now. And while job fairs sound like a great idea when you sign up for them, most people who attend end up milling around and wasting their day, walkin...

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Know Your Weaknesses

It’s one of the most common job interview questions there is: “What is your greatest weakness?” And all too often, interviewees answer this question incorrectly. Conventional wisdom tells us to spin our answer...


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You Are Here

This morning, I walked up Michigan Avenue as the sun rose in the sky, breathed in the deep breath of the crisp fall air, and I thought to myself, “You are here.” Around me stands Trump Tower, Crain, Wrigley, Hancock...

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Getting the Biggest Bang for your Email Buck

We’ve all been there. You send that very important email, and then……………… you wait……………and no one responds. You’re spinning in your chair thinking abo...

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More Interview "Don’ts"

Like anyone, I’ve interviewed for multiple jobs in my career. Some successfully, some unsuccessfully. I’ve also been in the position of interviewer many times. I do consider myself a good interviewee, and a good int...


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Resume Tip Numero Uno: PDF It!

Some tips you just think you’ll never have to give. But this one is a MUST, and recently I’ve seen a number of job seekers who are not doing this. So for the benefit of one and all, here’s the most important r...